Basketball is a athletic sport, usually played on an indoor court in which two competing teams of five layers each attempt to score by throwing an inflated ball so that it descends through one of two baskets suspended, at each end of the court, above their heads. The team scoring the most such throws, through field goals or foul shots, wins the game. Because of its continuous action and frequent scoring, basketball is one of the most popular spectator as well as participant sports in the world. Basketball, extremely popular around the world, is a court game played by two teams of five players each. The object is to put a ball through a hoop, or basket, and thus score more points than the opposing team. Although basketball can by played outdoors, it was invented to serve as an exciting indoor exercise for the winter months in a northern climate. The sport is played on the amateur level by high schools, colleges, other groups, and, since 1936, by national teams in the Olympic Games. It also is played by professional athletes, notably in the United States and Europe. Basketball is truly an international game. In the early years, the game spread to the corners of the world through YMCAs and service men.
Basketball was first showcased in the 1936 Olympic in Berlin, Germany. 2012 London Olympic will witness one of the world’s most popular team sports being played at the Basketball Arena and North Greenwich Arena. Olympic Basketball competition will be held from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August, 2012. Basketball fans grab your Olympic Basketball Tickets from Sport Ticket Exchange.